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Hello Everyone! I'm sure you didn't notice until I started telling you right now, but it's been a while since I've updated this place.. But don't worry! I can confidently say I'm going to keep it more regularly updated with stories from the road this year! If you're interested, I wrote a few paragraphs about my plan for the 2016/17 season here. 

In order to keep a more regularly updated blog, I'm going to keep most of them short and sweet, until I find a specific point to right on (I'm all ears to any suggestions) and keep them mostly to pictures and videos, because we all know nobody likes to read anymore :)

Below is a quick timeline in photos and videos of my life since finishing my 9th (of 12) term at Dartmouth this spring.

Alaska!

After an emergency landing in Buffalo, 3 missed connections, a broken plane, and a forced overnight in Seattle, I finally made it to Sitka, where I could attempt to reclaim my "Island Boy Skills" after 10 weeks on the east coast. (but relax, it's only New Hampshire, not the Hamptons)

The benefit of a nordic skier coming to visit you is you run to find really cool places in your back yard likes Medjevie Lake on the left, which you have never been to. The downside is that you have to run to get there. She also enjoyed kissing dead salmon heads, so it was a win win. The picture on the right is us with my two younger cousins on the deck of ( the "soon" to be cabin) "Surfhouse" on our family island outside of Sitka. My grandfather, or more affectiontly "Daddy's Daddy",  homesteaded the Island after sailing his homemade 44-foot sailboat from Minnesota back in the day before Alaska was a State.

After a nice week in Sitka I spent a week zooming around Anchorage doing errands, meeting with sponsors and chasing my old coach Duffy up Alyeska.

I can't official confirm it, but I think this may have been Duffy's first selfie. We had an awesome time skiing down on our shoes after hammering up..Aaaaand of course I couldn't leave Girdwood without loading up on all-you-can eat sourdough pancakes at the Bake Shop.

Mt. Hood

Rage Academy's first official camp on snow meant 5 days on snow and 2 days in the rain. We did a lot of free skiing, much of which on one ski, went to the gym, and even played golf in the rain. 

Rage Academy may be banning phone's soon

Rage Academy may be banning phone's soon

Trace and Kieffer nailing it.

Trace and Kieffer nailing it.

Bruce not nailing it.

Bruce not nailing it.

Possibly Bruce's first selfie.

Possibly Bruce's first selfie.

Trace getting after it.

Trace getting after it.

Bruce doing intervals with his eyes closed and U2 going.

Bruce doing intervals with his eyes closed and U2 going.

Oops

Oops

You see a lot of weird stuff in Mt. Hood..

You see a lot of weird stuff in Mt. Hood..

We stuck to slalom skis in Hood, as it is a major goal of mine to get my Slalom rolling this year.. And to be honest GS in Mt. Hood is just not that awesome. Here are a few shots and clips!

Photo Credit: Joe Sipe

Photo Credit: Joe Sipe

Photo Credit: Joe Sipe

Photo Credit: Joe Sipe

Our next trip on snow is in August to Australia/New Zealand. I'm super excited to keep working on my Slalom and get a chance to get on my GS boards again, as well as do some racing.. 

Swedish Summer 2k16!

From Mt. Hood I hopped on plane that took me directly from Portland to Iceland, and onto Oslo. Summers are short for skiers, and moving around from place to place makes it difficult to get a concentrated workout block in. I've spent the last 6 summers in Park City, but I decided to mix it up this summer and go spend time with that nordic skier I mentioned earlier (ps she does have a name, it's Josefin). We have a lot of fun training together so far. Our workouts don't usually match up exactly, but we find ways to push each other! Before getting to Sweden we spent a day in Oslo, and checked out a Viking ship museum.

Apparently they call the thing in the background on the left a castle, and in the middle a warship. I have a theory that all of the hardcore Vikings came to America, and the sissy ones stayed home.. Josefin doesn't like this theory very much.. But seriously the vikings ships were pretty badass.. And no trip to a city is complete with some street entertainment (on the right).

Most of our days are spent training outside or in the local Gold's Gym, pictured in the video below..(Spoiler Alert) this Gold's Gym is a trailer that has been made into an awesome little paincave with all of the essentials, and nothing else. Plus you can blast the music as loud as you want and you don't have to wear a shirt :). 

We also have been spending time at her cabin a few hours away, which means a lot of training outside and looking like this.

No gym at the cabin means brining the gym on the road! Here's a time lapse of one one round (of three) of a little power/strength circuit.

You can expect my upcoming blog posts to be much shorter, but probably not any funnier. If you have any suggestions or things you want to hear me blog about, please let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Kieffer